Macchie Santa Maria

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The ancient commune of Montemiletto perched on a hilltop in the mountainous province of Irpinia in Campania was once an important post of the Roman army, hence its name which translates to “mountain militia”. It has also been the home of the De Santis Family, where for generations, they have cultivated the native varietal vines to produce wines for personal consumption and now for commercial production.

Winemaker Oreste De Santis draws from his rich heritage and the experience of three generations to produce Irpinia wines that express all the delightful characteristics that only these native Italian varietals can deliver. Along with the help and support of the entire family, they produce and market about 45,000 bottles annually of Taurasi, Irpinia Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Falanghina, and Fiano di Avellino. Their objective is the creation of wines that are faithful to traditions and land of this unique area.

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Featured Wine

Macchie Santa Maria Taurasi DOCG – Taurasi, the renown big red from Campania is commonly referred to as the 'Barolo of the South'. Winemaker Oreste De Santis crafted this legendary red wine from 20 year old vines 450 meters above sea level. Following fermentation and refinement in stainless steel tanks for 10 months, Oreste ages the wine for 20 months in oak botte and barriques. This elegant full-bodied red presents dark ruby red hues in the glass and delivers rich aromas of mature dark cherry on the nose. The wine will land softly on the palate with hints of black cherry, licorice and plum.